“In order to arrive at a personal style, you have to have a technique to begin with. In other words, when I say that style is a special case of technique, you have to have the technique — you have to have a place to make the choices from. If you don’t have a basis on which to make the choice, then you don’t have a style at all. You have a series of accidents.”—Ira Glass Interviews His Cousin, Composer Philip Glass : NPR (via mattforsythe)
My neighborhood is overlooked by these amazing modern mansions perched precariously on the edge of the mountains. Every night when I come home they are all lit up and look like yellow squares dotting the landscape. And then I get out of my car and walk to my little studio where my living room is also my bedroom and kitchen and working space (quite inconvenient when I’m working on a large painting) and think about how fucking different my life is from whoever lives in those mansions overlooking the city. I live in a town where everyone is striving for that type of status, dreaming for that view and I can honesty say that while I have never lived my life in a pursuit of wealth and extravagance, recently whenever I get out of my car and look at those lights I can’t help but feel curious to what it would be like. I guess it’s because I feel so small and separated from them standing at the bottom of that mountain. But that’s kind of what LA is like all the time.